Allen is a registered patent practitioner and scientist. Allen earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, Riverside in 2017 where his research focused on the monocarba-closo-dodecaborate carborane anion for use in catalyst design.
Allen spent his entire professional career working for startup companies in the Silicon Valley, conducting research as well as managing the intellectual property (IP) portfolios. Allen saw that for many startups, there was little to no synergy between the new technology, the IP, and business needs of the company. Thus, Allen focuses on filling this void.